Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice dates from 1880. 1

According to the American artist Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909), who was with Whistler in Venice in the summer and autumn of 1880:

'Another painting made in Venice was from a window of the Casa Jankovitz, representing the Salute and a great deal of sky and water, with the buildings very small. He drew the latter in pen and ink, and worked over them for days, ... The finished picture looked so simple that, unless one had seen the process, he would have thought it the work of one sitting. One criticism only was expressed: it was much lower in tone than nature.' 2


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 218).

2: Bacher 1908 [more], pp. 14, 56-57.

Last updated: 10th November 2019 by Margaret